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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Finally Pittsburgh Makes National News For All the Right Reasons...

Pittsburgh occasionally makes it into the national news 24 hour media blitz. Lately the burg got some love for having a women kill a young pregnant girl, cut out the unborn child, and sell it to another women. Not the kind of thing you want your city to be remembered for. Well, Pittsburgh slightly redeemed itself yesterday by grabbing headlines with one very incredible young man eating a 20 pound hamburger (15 pounds of meet 5 pounds of toppings) in five hours. So now Pittsburgh can be known for its endless supply of reality tv contestants, salads and sandwiches with french fries on them, "jagoffs", and unborn baby thiefs. (Alright... UPMC, The Steelers, Penguins, Carnegie, Girl Talk.....Now shut up!)

The news is saying this happened near Pittsburgh, but it actually happened nowhere near the Burg. This shining example of human ingenuity and accomplishment actually took place 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield PA at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. The masochist was 5-foot-11, 180-pound chef Brad Sciullo (of Uniontown- getting closer to city limits). Brad managed to down the monster meal in 4 hours and 39 minutes. He wins the restaurant's burger challenge by finishing under the five-hour limit. He waddles away with more than a horrendous case of diarrhea. Sciullo wins $400, three T-shirts and a certificate. I bet the T-Shirts say "I ate 20 pounds of artery clogging hamburger and all i got was this lousy T-Shirt." The only thing that could make this story better is if that burger was a giant "Hamburger Fatty Melt." You know what I am talking about...no? It also would have been nice if this happened actually in the city. Like say at Tessaro's or Fat Heads, but having our great city's name associated (even if factually incorrect) with such awesomeness is good enough for me. 

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